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Taming Your Facebook News Feed

imageSome people say their Facebook has too much on it and others tell me theirs has too little. On the ‘too much’ side, do you wish there weren’t so many ads and other promotional posts in Facebook? And, on the ‘too little’ side, do you wish you could be sure of seeing everything posted by good friends?

What if I told you there was an easy way to accomplish both of those results in one simple feature? It’s called “Close Friends” and I’ll tell you exactly how to use it with Facebook on the computer as well as Facebook on mobile devices like Android Phones and iPhones or iPads.

What’s a News Feed?

The Facebook news feed is the stream of posts that you see when you first log in to Facebook. These posts are coming from friends, pages you have “Liked,” and Facebook promotional material. It’s like opening a newspaper and reading all the news from those “Feeds.”

What’s a Friend List?

When you first start using Facebook, it assumes you have some friends who are more important to you than others and it sets up a list called “Close Friends.” You can also set up custom lists like “Summer Camp Friends” or “Work Friends.”

Using the Close Friends Feed

You can use a Friend list to limit who sees your posts. You can also use a Friend list to limit whose posts you see. If, instead of the everything News Feed, you select to see only your Close Friends feed, then you will be seeing ALL the posts from your Close Friends, and NOTHING BUT the posts from your Close Friends. See what I mean about it accomplishing two goals? To get back to your ‘everything’ News Feed, just click Home on a computer, or the News Feed icon image on a mobile.

How To

Computer Browser Android Phone Facebook App iPhone Facebook App
View the Close Friends Feed Click “Close Friends” on the left sidebar. Tap the 3-line menu, then Close Friends Tap the 3-line menu, Feed, Close Friends
Post to Close Friends only Write post, click audience selector, More Options, Close Friends Write status post, on “To” line, tap right arrow More… Close Friends same as Android
Add/Remove people from Close Friends list When viewing close friends News Feed, the people will show up at the right. Easy to “Add friends to list” or See All and click X to remove people Can’t manage the list as a whole. Go to a friend’s timeline, tap the “Friend” indicator and then “Edit Friend List” Then Check or UNCheck Close Friends. Same as Android

#47 Lessons Learned. What Does This Button Do?

 

There are show notes below which document what was covered in the show and include timeline links, so you can watch just the part of the video that you want. If you are not a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch Episode 47 video on YouTube, but you won’t get the show notes.Become a member here. This episode covers:

  1. Quick Tips: A potpourri of tips today. Emergency info on your phone, Camera settings, Saving places on Google Maps, Facebook autoplay videos, iCloud Backup limits, and more

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#39 Sharing Pictures with Facebook. What Does This Button Do?

 

There are show notes below which document what was covered in the show and include timeline links, so you can watch just the part of the video that you want. If you are not a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch Episode 39 video on YouTube, but you won’t get the show notes.Become a member here. This episode covers:

  1. Quick Tips: Use Fingerprint reader to unlock phone.
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Sharing photos using Facebook.

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#32 Dropbox Part 1. What Does This Button Do?

There are show notes below which document what was covered in the show and include timeline links, so you can watch just the part of the video that you want. If you are not a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch Episode 32 video on Youtube, but you won’t get the show notes. Become a member here. This episode covers:

  1. Quick Tips: Facebook Notification on Lock Screen
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Dropbox pt.1: Cloud Storage and Device Independence
  3. App o Week: Google Sky

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Sharing Links on Facebook

If you can see it on the web, you can share it with your Facebook friends. If you want to share a Youtube video with your Facebook friends it’s easy, when you’re viewing a Youtube video you have a link for “Share” and then you have an icon for sharing to Facebook.

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But, what if you want to share an interesting article you see while browsing the web? What about a blog post of interest, or a video that is not on Youtube? Below is an image of the screen while I’m viewing a video we posted on our Google+ Photos page. There is no icon to share this with Facebook, so how do I do it? Anything you can see on the Web has a Web address, aka a URL (Uniform Resource Locator.) In this example, the URL is the long string of text at the top.

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Simply copy that URL, and then paste it into a Facebook Status update box.

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Now, here’s the cool part … once Facebook interprets that link, it will add an image and description, if available. Then you can erase the actual link, it is no longer necessary, so you can type a few introductory words and your friends don’t need to see that ugly, long link. You can also edit whatever description was automatically placed. Just click on it and you should see it turn editable, with a blinking cursor.

Who can see a Link you Share? If you copied a URL from somewhere else on the Web, then you have complete control over who can see that on your Facebook Timeline. Just click the dropdown arrow for the audience selector and choose whether you want it to be public, just your friends, or special groups under More Options. 

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However, if you’ve shared something you originally saw on Facebook, then you can’t make it visible to more people than the original poster did. For example, I saw a picture on Facebook posted by my friend Debbie. I could tell that she set the audience to her friends by noticing the imageicon. That means that only Debbie’s friends could see her picture. When I share that same picture by clicking the Share link, I can select the ‘Public’ audience, but it won’t matter. If someone is not Debbie’s friend they won’t be able to see that post of mine. The original poster controls who can see what they post … period.

When Sharing a Blog – share the URL of the individual post. A lot of people keep personal, travel blogs. They post a link on Facebook whenever they write something new in their Blog. It’s a great way to keep a Blog and use Facebook to promote it.  But don’t just share the URL of the main blog, for example: www.GeeksOnTour.Blogspot.com. If you click on the title of a post, you’ll see that the URL changes to specifically link to that post, for example: http://geeksontour.blogspot.com/2014/09/palm-springs-and-our-online-show.html. When you share that link, it will always take people to that individual post, not the current Blog post.

Five Do’s and Dont’s for Facebook

Facebook is a gathering of your real friends and familyWe are big fans of Facebook. The way it allows us to so easily stay in touch with all our family and friends – no matter where we all are – enriches our lives. Old friends stay connected, and new friends become close because of the easy communications provided by Facebook. If you are a Good Sam Club member, I hope you saw the article “Get Away, Stay Connected” in the April/May issue of Highways Magazine. In it I wrote all about Facebook and other social networking. You can log in and read it online at Highways magazine – page 46.

We always start out our Facebook seminar with a few Do’s and Don’t’s. Here are our top 5:

  1. DO use Facebook. It is simply the best way of communicating with friends and family. You owe it to yourself to at least give it a try.  Post interesting tidbits about your life and see who comments.  You will learn things about your friends and family that you never have enough face-to-face time for.
  2. DON’T accept friend requests unless they are truly your friends. The purpose of Facebook is for real people to connect with real friends (and family.) It is not a popularity contest. To become Facebook friends requires confirmation by the people on both sides. If you receive a request from people you don’t know – just ignore them, or click ‘Not Now.’
  3. DO follow the instructions for account security by using a special, secure password, entering a second email, your cell phone number, and a secret question. You can hide this info from everyone except Facebook. The purpose is for Facebook to have a way to verify your identity in the event you forget your password, or in the unlikely event that your account is hijacked. The other recommended security setting is to always use the secure connection (https) option.
  4. DON’T post any information that would upset you if you saw it printed in your local newspaper. The privacy controls on Facebook are trustworthy, but did you set them correctly?  And, might your friends repeat what you said outside of Facebook? Once something is on the Internet and even one person can see it, it can be copied and posted elsewhere. If you don’t want something known, don’t post it!
  5. DO use your Smartphone to post pictures and status updates to Facebook. You may find that the only computer you need as you travel is your Smartphone.

Have Fun! And learn more about using Facebook with Geeks on Tour Tutorial videos on our Facebook Learning Library.

Newsletter April 2012: Rally Review, Facebook as Website, Photography, Android Navigation, Dropbox

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April was a busy month.  First we got all packed and left Fort Lauderdale.  Easter weekend we were at an old high school friend’s (Alex) for the weekend along with other high school alumni of Chris’, some of whom are excellent musicians.  We were treated to 3 days of music, party, and friends in the beautiful wooded area east of Gainesville, Florida.  Alex’s property included a perfect RV site complete with electric hookup!  For more details, including videos of the music, see our Blog Post.

Then came our very special Rally.  The rally was a joint effort between TechnoRV – aka Phil and Tracey May, and Geeks on Tour – aka Jim and Chris Guld.  What fun we had!  All 36 people who attended seemed to have only one word to say … WOW!  Here’s a video overview of the rally:

A Different Kind of RV Rally–Learn about cameras, computers, smartphones and more.

We covered so much information at the rally, we’ve decided to use this newsletter just to highlight some of the learning from last week.  See the rally’s daily schedule to see all that was covered.

New Tutorial Videos

You can always see the most recent Tutorial Videos on the Geeks on Tour membership site by going to www.geeksontour.com, clicking on the Learning Library menu and then choosing ‘Recent Videos.’  These videos are for members only unless specified as free.  For April, the new videos are:

  1. How to Copy and Paste with your Smartphone
  2. How to Copy Pictures and Video from your iPad to your PC
  3. Smartphone Basic Touchscreen Skills (free)
  4. Smartphones: Talk and Browse the Web at the Same Time

Facebook for Your Business or Club Website

fallrallyOur Techno-Geek Learning rally was a learning experience for us too!  We decided to use Facebook’s ‘Page’ feature rather than have a traditional website.  It was great to be able to have other people post their pictures and comments as they attended the event.  Over the course of the week, over 300 people ‘Liked’ the TechnoGeek Learning Rally page.  This meant that we were actually sharing our learning rally with all of them in addition to the people who were actually there.  That’s pretty cool! 

Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can view the page just like any other web page on the Internet.  For those that do use Facebook, they could click ‘Like’ and know that they wouldn’t miss anything because whatever we posted on our page would show up on their Facebook Home Page ‘Newsfeed.’

It is so easy to post pictures and stories that the page collected a lot of information in a short amount of time. Any general learning information we tried to post on the main page.  Any information specific to last week, we entered on the April 2012 Event page.  If you visit that page, be sure to scroll down to the bottom, then click ‘Older Posts’ – you’ll need to do that 3 times to get to the beginning of the rally.

The biggest problem we found with using the Facebook page is that you can’t control the layout of the page.  When it starts to get full, it can be very hard to find anything.  When people post pictures, instead of all pictures going into a photo album, each picture needed it’s own post.  And, only official posts by the organizers (us) show up in full in the main column of the page.  Other posts are collapsed and stuck in a box at the right.  You need to learn to click the tiny ‘See All’ link in order to see what other people are saying.

All in all, we consider the Facebook experiment a success.  The layout will continue to evolve.  Meanwhile everyone learned a lot.  One attendee said, “I never used Facebook much, but since I learned so much more about it this week, I’ve been able to see pictures of my grandkids that I haven’t seen before.”

  To learn more, continue reading  Can Facebook be your Rally’s Website?…


Using Digital Cameras and Picasa

cameraWhether you use a point-and-shoot camera, a digital SLR, or just your smartphone for taking pictures, there are a lot of settings and techniques for taking better pictures.  Phil May, from TechnoRV, presented the ‘Getting the Most from your Digital Camera’ seminar on the first day of the rally.  Then he took people out on ‘walkabout’ to try their skills with their cameras.  One of the prime directives in taking pictures was to ‘get closer’ … no really, I mean GET CLOSER!

Participants learned about the Macro modes on their cameras as well as fill-flash and scene settings.  Then, on the second day of the rally, Chris taught the hands-on class for editing your pictures using Picasa.  Even people with their Macintosh computers, who were accustomed to iPhoto, attended that class and commented on how many more editing tools were available in Picasa. 

At Geeks on Tour, we’ve been evangelists for Picasa over 7 years now.  It’s a free program that you download to your computer from Google.  We teach several seminars on it, produced over 60 tutorial videos, have a website dedicated to Picasa, and wrote a book on it!    But, we know it’s not the only game in town.  Many people with Macintosh computers are very happy with iPhoto which comes preinstalled on their Macs – even though Picasa does have a fully compatible Macintosh version.  On Windows computers, the gold standard photo editing program is Adobe Photoshop ($700!) or Photoshop Elements ($99.)  There are also several free programs, including Microsoft’s offering – Windows Live Photo Gallery, and a full featured, Photoshop workalike called GIMP.

Why we Still Like Picasa the Best …

  Read the Article to see why …


droidDroid Smartphones for Navigation

Everyone at the rally either had a smartphone, or was thinking about getting one.  Both Android and iPhones were represented, but Androids were in the majority.  For iPhone users, the most popular navigation app was Waze.  Androids come with Google Navigation and we love it! 

Read the article on why our Droids are our favorite GPS …  


Dropbox, Join.me, Evernote, Megafile and more!

Morning panel discussion at Techno-Geek Learning RallyAfter a delicious breakfast, every day of our rally started with a panel discussion.  If someone had a question about technology for travelers – any question at all – this is when we answered it.  Impromptu topics that got a lot of attention included Dropbox.  Both of us (Geeks on Tour and TechnoRV) use Dropbox all the time and we love it.  I wrote a previous article: Dropbox-Free Synchronizing Among Computers, and Phil recently wrote Dropbox – the Best little App You’ve Never Heard Of. 
One morning an attendee wanted to show something on her computer to the group, so we used www.Join.me to connect her screen to one of our computers at the front so it could be displayed thru the projector.  Join.me is the free app we use for computer support.  With just a few clicks we can see your screen on ours.
Evernote is another device-independent application.  Use it for taking notes on your iPhone or Android phone, and that same note is available on the web using your laptop or tablet.
Although photography related topics was the bulk of our rally, some people said that learning about the Streets and Trips POI Megafile was worth the price of admission.  The megafile was just updated in April.   For our members, here’s the video on using the POI Megafile.  I also notice there is a video you can watch on the Streets and Trips blog. At the rally, we were able to help people hands-on install the megafile on their computer and even set it as their default template for Streets and Trips.
  
There was a lot more … if you attended the rally and learned something that I didn’t mention here – please leave a comment ok?


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Facebook: Adding a Cover Photo to your Timeline

First of all – What is the Timeline?  It’s the new layout on your Facebook Profile.  Realize that your Profile is not your home page.  The Home Page is your News Feed – the place where all the news from your friends shows up.  Your profile is just about you.  When someone clicks on your name anywhere in Facebook, they end up at your Profile … all about YOU.

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Do you have Timeline Yet?

So, step one for adding a banner to your Timeline is to be viewing your Timeline.  Click on your name.  If you haven’t yet upgraded to the Timeline your Profile will look similar to the image on the left below.  If that’s your situation, the first thing to do is to go to Facebook’s Timeline introduction page and click ‘Get it Now.’  Be aware that this is irreversible.  Once you advance to the Timeline layout for your profile you cannot go back.  Personally, I love the timeline.  I’ve been a journal-keeper since I was a little girl.  Facebook’s Timeline is the ultimate journal/scrapbook/photo album of your life, all arranged on a vertical line representing time.  At the top is Now, at the bottom is the date you were born.  However, as with any change, it takes some getting used to and many people don’t like it. 

Old Profile Layout
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New Profile Layout, aka Timeline
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Adding your First ‘Cover’ Photo

fb-timeline-photoWhen you first upgrade to Timeline, you won’t have a cover photo.  You will see a little button in the space intended for the cover.  Click the ‘Add a Cover’ button and then you can choose to upload a picture from your computer, or use one from one of your existing photo albums.  Once you’ve selected a photo, you can move it around until it looks good in the space allotted.  The picture will be wide … it must be at least 720 pixels wide in order to look ok.

Changing your Cover Photo

If you already have a Cover Photo in place and you want to change it, just hover over the existing picture and you will see a button to ‘Change Picture.’  Click that and you’ll be able to upload a new photo, or pick another one from your albums on Facebook.

To learn more about using Facebook, check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos for Facebook.  Anyone, even non-members, can watch the lessons on What is Facebook: Your Personalized Online Newspaper.  A very important video lesson is the one on Privacy.  This one is for Members only.

Better yet, register for our Techno-Geek Learning Rally April 22-28 in Bushnell, Florida.  You’re guaranteed to learn lots about the Facebook!

Facebook vs Google+

facebookI use Facebook a lot.  I frequently post pictures and little snippets about my life on Facebook.  My Droid smartphone has a Facebook app that allows me to upload the pictures I take with my phone with just a couple of taps.  I love the new timeline feature where I can see my life laid out by year and month.  Most of my friends are on Facebook.  I like being able to keep up with their lives all at once when I open Facebook and see my newsfeed.  I’ve been using Facebook since 2008, I’ve studied it in depth so I can teach it. I understand Facebook

Can Google+ Beat Facebook?

Google+ is a Social Network like Facebook.  Google+ was just launched in 2011.  We don’t know how many people are on it, but it has a long way to go to catch up with Facebook.  I’m trying to get to know Google+ and I’m not having an easy time of it.  Not because it’s more difficult than Facebook but just because it is different, and I already know Facebook.  Understanding Facebook does not directly translate to Google+.  With 850 million people on Facebook, I view it as a directory – the white pages – for the people of the world.  I don’t think there’s a place for two such directories.

Google That said, Google+ does have some cool features. 

  • Google Hangout gives you an instant, easy way to video chat with a group of people.  You can also share your screen, or watch a YouTube video together. 
  • Since Picasa is also owned by Google, you can expect more and more of Picasa’s features to be showing up in Google+.  They’ve already taken what used to be Picnik and put the basic editing features right in with the online pictures.  Google+ accounts allow you to upload an unlimited number of pictures.  With Picasa Web Albums, you were limited to 1GB.
  • I have installed the Google+ app on my Smartphone and now, any picture I take with my phone gets uploaded automatically.  They start out as private, but you can then share them with whoever you want.  Nothing to think about … I took a picture with my phone – I can look at it on my computer.
  • When I write a Blog post with Blogger (owned by Google) I can automatically share that to my Google+ profile

The biggest problem with Google+ as a social network is that all my friends are on Facebook!  Some have migrated to Google+ but, just like me, they keep going back to Facebook because that’s where their friends are!  That’s a big obstacle for Google+ to overcome. 

We had a question in our Forum this month from a member who was unhappy that her Picasa Upload button had turned into a ‘Share with Google+’ button.  She didn’t want to share with Google+ because she likes the specific features in Picasa Web Albums.  In the forum thread we discussed the procedure to remove Google+ so she could continue with Picasa Web Albums as before.  Check out the forum question and answer if you’re wondering the same. 

Better yet, register for our Techno-Geek Learning Rally April 22-28 in Bushnell, Florida.  We’ll be having lots of seminars as well as hands-on classes with Picasa.  We’ll be able to compare notes on Google+, Facebook, and Picasa Web Albums. Our co-hosts from TechnoRV use Macintosh and iPhoto.  This will be a valuable assembly of computer knowledge for travelers – and don’t worry, we’re known for being best with beginners!

Geeks on Tour Newsletter December 2011

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Happy Holidays from FloridaWe hope you all are having very happy holidays.  We are spending them in typical holiday style by going to the beach, watching cruise ships sail, and splashing with the grandkids in the pool! 

My apologies to our friends in the northern climates, we just can’t help but rub it in when we’re in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this time of year!

 


Become a Member Now!

There is no better time to become a member of Geeks on Tour.  Our $39 price goes up to $68 after the first of the year, but you can lock in the low $39/year if you sign up right now.  Since this newsletter is a bit late, we will postpone our rate-hike until next Wednesday – 1/4/2012.  If you are already a member and would like to switch to a recurring payment to lock in the $39 for years to come, click here and login.

Membership benefits: Many of you have been receiving our free newsletters for years and may wonder why you should pay money.  These newsletters (Geeks on Tour and Picasa Tip-of-the-Week) will always be free and you are welcome to continue.  Reading the Questions and Answers on our forum is also free for all.  Paying for a membership includes:

  1. Videos: Paying for a Membership gives you access to all of our tutorial videos – the first 3 in each topic are free so you can ‘try before you buy.’ 
  2. Forum: Paid membership also gives you access to ask questions in our forum where we (Chris or Jim aka Mrs. Geek or Mr. Geek) promise to respond. 
  3. Online Coaching Calls: We are also testing a new member service called ‘Online Coaching Calls.’  Here’s what our test cases have said,
    “Chris, what can I say but WOW!  Your coaching call "trial" was even better than I  expected.  Such personal service.  The sign up thru "Simplify This" was quick and easy. I telephoned you at the appointed time, and the computer setup so that I could see YOUR screen thru Join.me was a piece of cake.  I even had the option of letting YOU see my computer screen and offering helpful suggestions over the phone. Paul”
    ”Thank you so much for the personal telephone coaching session this afternoon!  This method was quick and easy, and the screen sharing worked well.  It was very helpful to have you talk me through the answers to the problems I was experiencing. Tanya”
    There will be a fee for coaching calls, but this service will only be available to members.
  4. eBooks: With our rate increase, we will also make our ebooks (Picasa and Windows Boot Camp) available at no additional charge to recurring members.

Upcoming Appearances

  • Jan 23-27 2012: Florida Association of Computer User Groups, 2012 Conference Bahamas Cruise.
  • jim-chrisWed, Feb 1 1pm: Cascades Computer Club, Port St. Lucie
  • Thu, Feb 16, 7PM: Valencia Lakes Computer & Technology Club, Boynton Beach
  • Mon, Feb 20, 10AM: Cascade Lakes Computer & Technology Club , Boynton Beach
  • Mon, Feb 20, 7PM:   Valencia Falls Computer & Technology Club, Delray Beach
  • Wed, Feb 22, 2012, 7PM: Boca Raton Computer Society, Delray Beach
  • Mon, March 19, 2012, 7PM: Bellaggio Computer & Technology Club, Lake Worth
  • Techno-Geek Learning Rally April 22-28, 2012 in Bushnell Florida

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This is a joint rally with our friends at TechnoRV.  Please follow the link to see details, indicate your interest, and join the conversation.  We will be open for registration in mid-January.

 


fblikeWe are posting a regular GOT (Geeks On Tour) Jeopardy question on our Facebook page.  If you ‘Like’ our page, then these posts will show up on your Facebook news feed.  Try your knowledge by responding, or learn by reading the correct response posted the next day.  For example:

  • When you upload a photo to your blog using Blogger, it is stored in an album on this photo-sharing website.
  • True or False – in Facebook, your ‘Wall’ and your ‘Home’ page are the same thing..
  • The generic name for the application that allows you to view websites. Examples are Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.

Ask the Geeks

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Our Q&A Forums are a good place to ask questions, here are some examples from the past month.  Anyone can read the Q&A, but you must be a member to post.

Do you have questions like this?  If you are a member of Geeks on Tour, you can ask anything you want in the forum.  Mr. or Mrs. Geek promise to respond, and we have several other knowledgeable members who will add to the conversation. If you’re not a member, Join before the end of the year and lock in our low $39/year price because it goes up after Jan 1.


2011: End of Year Thoughts

Chris teaching PageMaker in 1993 at her business - Computer SavvyComputer Training is our business, and has been since 1983.  The picture at right is me (Chris) in one of our classrooms during our 10 year anniversary at Computer Savvy. We’ve seen lots of changes, from DOS to Windows and Macintosh, from CompuServe and 300 baud dial-up modems to Web and wireless broadband, from VisiCalc and WordStar to Excel to Google Docs and Blogger, and the birth of digital photography.  But, even in that whirlwind of innovation and change, this year stands out with the use of smart phones, tablets, and Facebook.  Not since the office fax machine have I seen such a new technology being used by so many people so quickly.

When we became fulltime RVers in 2003, we left the world of teaching business applications and learned about the fun stuff like managing digital photos and using maps and GPS navigation.  We focused on computer training for travelers.  We are travelers and we teach travelers.  We pay attention to the technology we find the most useful – and fun – to travelers. 

smartphone-rversJim got his Droid smart phone in 2009, I followed in 2010, and it quickly became our favorite device.  It did everything we travelers like – take pictures, help us navigate, do our email – and it stayed right in our pocket.  We think every traveler should have one – and this year, it seems like everyone does!  And, not just travelers, but truly everyone!  I’ve read that it took 60 years for telephones to be adopted by 90% of the population, I think we’re easily on track for 6 years and 90% adoption of smart phones!

Ifacebook2 joined Facebook in 2008, I don’t even remember why.  It was probably to become ‘friends’ with Jim Guld!  He was already on Facebook and liked it.  Today it has become an astonishingly effective tool for keeping in touch with far flung friends and fellow travelers.  Some people think it’s for youngsters – but that is just not true.  Whenever we teach our seminars at RV rallies, we ask for a raise of hands on who uses Facebook.  Would you believe that hands always go up for a majority of that primarily senior crowd?! 

Geeks on Tour officially began in 2006.  Our most popular topic then was how to connect to the Internet on the road.  Within 3 years our ‘Managing Digital Photos with Picasa’ became the clear winner of the popularity contest, we even started a separate website, www.PicasaTutorials.com.  For 2011 our Facebook seminars drew the biggest crowds.  In 2012 we’ll be working on the best way to teach people about using their smart phones.  That is, as soon as we can catch our breath!


2011: Best of Geeks on Tour

Throughout the year we write articles and record videos on our GeeksOnTour.com website, as well as for PicasaTutorials.com and RV.net.  As 2011 comes to a close, we want to remind you about some of our favorites from the past year.

  • Picasa Releases version 3.9
    Dec 2011 – Google came out with a new version of Picasa – version 3.9.  There are some major differences between this version and its predecessor, version 3.8.
    Read the article …
  • Hate Typing on your Droid?  Try Swype instead.
    Swype is a new way to type on mobile/touch-screen devices.  Instead of needing to lift your finger from the screen after each character, you only lift your finger after each word.  You touch the first character of your word, then, keeping your finger on the screen, you swype to the subsequent characters.
    Read the article …
  • Import Pictures from an Android Smartphone Using Picasa
    I love my Droid, I now take the majority of my pictures with my Droid smartphone.  This article is about how to import them to your computer.  It’s a lot simpler than you might think.
    Read the article …
    Watch the video (members only) …
  • Review of our Picasa Book 
    Our little book on Picasa caught the attention of a Computer Club in the San Franciso Bay area – The Golden Gate Computer Society.  They have a tradition of reviewing computer books and contacted us to see if we would send them a copy for review..
    Read the article … 
  • Forget about Picasa and Learn Files and Folders
    In Windows it’s called ‘Explorer’, in Macintosh it’s called ‘Finder.’ It’s the computer’s way of storing and organizing files and folders. Picasa is software that sits on top of the files and folders.  Picasa does not store your pictures, it is a tool for working with the pictures that exist in your computer’s folders.
    Read the Article …
  • Part Time Mobile Internet Connections
    As fulltime RVers, we have no problem signing a 2 year contract for Internet service from Verizon, but we know many people who only travel part time. What are their options for mobile Internet service? A couple years ago, your only option was to rely on Wi-Fi which is very UNreliable! Now there are several options for short term cellular Internet connections.
    Read the article …
  • Facebook Privacy
    Who can see your information on Facebook?  This video has been updated to reflect changes made to Facebook privacy in September 2011.  Now, you use the Inline Audience Selector for each time you post information in Facebook.  This video will show you how.
    View Video (members only) …
  • Droid: From Email to GPS Navigation
    You know we love our Droids! This ‘touch an address’ feature, we just gotta show you. This is a very short video showing you how to simply touch an address and let Droid take you there!
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  •  Gabbing with the Geeks #13
    Coming to you from upstate New York, this video was filmed inside the motorhome at Chris’s new office where she shows you how to turn a laptop into a desktop and Jim shows you his new iPad!
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  • Dropbox: Free Synchronizing Among Computers
    When I first heard of Dropbox I was skeptical, I thought it was a way to work with your files directly on the Web – something that just isn’t practical in our world with flaky Internet connections as we travel.  But no … what it actually does is to upload a file to the web, then download it to your other computers. 
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  • 3G vs 4G: The Tortoise and the Hare
    Without getting unnecessarily technical, we are talking about the technology that Cellular communications companies use to deliver wireless Internet connectivity. The ‘G’ stands for ‘Generation’ so 3G is third generation technology and 4G is fourth generation technology.  4G is better.  It’s faster and it goes farther.  That’s the good news.
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  • Picasa Tags can Make Albums
    I’ve started using Tags much more extensively.  Tags are a way to attach an identifier to the picture itself. If you ever lose your album, they can be recreated from tags.
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  • Google Maps-More than Just Directions
    It’s been a while since I’ve focused on Google Maps in this blog, and they’ve made so many improvements.  If you’ve never visited Google Maps, you’re in for a treat.  It’s completely web-based, ‘in the cloud’ according to the current lingo, so just head on over to www.maps.google.com.  What you see depends on whether the little icon in the upper right is set to Map or Satellite.
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  • Blogger Pages for Websites
    Blogger.com isn’t just for blogs anymore! With the addition of ‘Pages’ you can create full-blown websites using these free tools. Pages are standalone web pages that can supplement your blog ‘Posts.’ This video explains by showing you examples, then shows you step-by-step how to create pages, and how to set up a menu of Tabs, or sidebar links.
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  • Internet Connections While Traveling
    Many travelers carry several devices that can connect to the Internet.  Computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, game consoles, printers, and more.  These devices often use WiFi to connect. … To connect all your devices and have them all connect to the Internet, you can create a Local Area Network or LAN using a Wireless router.
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  • Using Picasa to Post a Screenshot in a Forum
    If you’ve ever used a forum to ask a questions, you know that a picture is truly worth 1,000 words.  Let’s say for example that you want to ask, “What are the buttons at the top of each folder in Picasa?”  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a picture of those buttons, so your reader knows exactly what you mean?
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  • Clickfree Backup
    If you could backup your computers without any fuss, would you do it?
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